Accreditation at UMM

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The University of Maine at Machias has been continuously accredited since 1970 by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the Commission assures the quality of the UMM learning experience and its overall institutional effectiveness. The Commission is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

UMM’s next comprehensive review will take place October 26-29, 2014 by a team representing the Commission.  Currently, the university has completed the preparation of an extensive self-study, involving faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Board of Visitors, to address the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. You can download and read UMM's 2014 Self-Study Report here. An external evaluation team representing the Commission will visit the university to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the university. Following a review process, the Commission will take the final action.

Members of the public are invited to make comments on the quality and effectiveness of UMM. Comments may be sent to the accreditation self-study preparation chair:

Kevin Athearn
Kimball Hall
116 O’Brien Ave
Machias, ME 04654

or directly to the Commission:

Public Comment on the University of Maine at Machias
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools & Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100 
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803


The Commission notes that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Full information may be found on the Commission’s policy on public comment.

Public comments must be received by October 29, 2014. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

UMM endorses CHEA's statement on the critical need for the public to understand the role and nature of different types of accreditation when making choices about higher education. For more information please see the CHEA website.

In addition to the regional accreditation of the entire university by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, certain UMM programs are regularly reviewed and approved by external entities. The Education programs are reviewed every five years for approval by the State of Maine Board of Education. The Education programs last received full five-year approval in 2010 for the fall 2009 through fall 2014. The Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program has ongoing accreditation by the National Recreation and Park Association. The program next comes up for accreditation review in 2014.

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